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Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
I don't agree with how schools suppress expression at all. But it wasn't because it was an eagle feather. If she had hung a number 2 pencil from her hat, the same thing would have happened. It's a dress code violation in a private school...
Escambia’s dress code prohibits “extraneous items during graduation exercises unless approved by the administration.”
Originally posted by Murgatroid
Historically, discrimination against Native Americans is the longest held racism in the USA.
It dates all the way back to the pilgrims invasion of the continent.
Nothing is new under the sun...
The headmaster and a teacher are also among the victims in this.
Ramer said Warren (headmaster) did not pull her from the field, but the next time Ramer went to Warren’s office it was empty. “I went in to talk to her and noticed her office was cleared out,” she said. “I asked where she was and she said Mrs. Warren had been fired and Mr. Walker would be the new headmaster.”
Betty Warren, the headmaster who denied Ramer’s request, has reportedly been replaced by David Walker, who coaches the girls' basketball team.
“He said if it was up to him, he would give me my diploma,” Ramer said. “But he had to go through the board to get it approved.”
Ramer's former teacher, Alex Alvarez, said "Being honored with a feather for graduation is a wonderful experience. It's a lot more than showing off your culture. It has ties into our spirituality as well."
Alex Alvarez, who is Creek, a former teacher of Ramer’s said parents and tribal council members had requested to speak with the school board to discuss the eagle feather but were denied. He wrote about the issue in his local newspaper, but the school did not change its position.
As an Indian, she apparently is legally able to have an eagle feather. The fine was from the school!
Originally posted by usernameconspiracy
Originally posted by signalfire
Nice lawsuit waiting to happen. How does the school expect to enforce this fine and withholding her transcript? (the diploma is an idiotic piece of paper that no one ever asks for...).
Nobody ever asks for? Well, I have had to provide it more than once. In a few weeks, there will be a job announcement where I work. I plan on putting in for it. The very first thing they will ask for, even though I already work here, is my high school and college transcripts. Sorry, but many corporations require these transcripts.
As for the law suit, it's a private school. They set the rules, you make your choice. In Texas, even if it's public school, there are (and have been since the 1980's) a number of things one can do to get banned from the graduation ceremony.
Originally posted by Ahabstar
A nice countersuit would be $250K for cultural and religious discrimination plus a refund of tuition paid to attend the school (minus the $1000 fine of course) and then comes the emotional damages...
Keep it classy, education system
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
Schools have simply become an evil version of Burger King where everything gets done THEIR way.
Obey, Conform and above all else, never express individuality. That is a mortal sin.